The Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Training Programme has been developed over time by UNEP FI and its partners to offer lending practitioners across the globe with a comprehensive set of trainings on how to establish and implement effective environmental and social risk management systems within their banks.

Trainings under the programme include:

In a world economy increasingly sensitive to environmental and social pressures and a financial sector still responding to crisis and facing increasing regulatory demands, understanding how to manage non-traditional risks such as environmental and social issues is set to become part of the regular business scene.

The ESRA Training Programme is one of the most well-respected trainings on the topic available to practitioners around the world. Since its beginnings in 2005 it has provided a regular and increasingly diversified resource to risk managers, credit analysts and relationship managers. The ESRA Training Programme has been offered in English, French, Spanish and related trainings have also happened in other languages such as Portuguese and Japanese.

Born directly in response to the needs of practitioners, all trainings under the Programme are distinctly action-oriented – strong in methodology and tools that institutions can adjust and inspire themselves from. Trainings are delivered by a combination of highly qualified independent experts from all over the world and seasoned practitioners from UNEP FI member institutions. All involve the award of a certificate upon successful completion. Find out more about the tutors.

The first-ever independent evaluation of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has recognised the ESRA Training Programme as one of the landmark achievements of UNEP FI since it was founded in 1992.

Hear from former participants on how the ESRA course has impacted their institution:

“The ESRA Training Programme is most probably one of the most influential outcomes of UNEP FI in terms of transformational thinking, ideas and actions across an industry. A metric impossible to calculate but, as per the wings of a butterfly, how many projects backed by banks, insurers and investors globally bear the hidden watermark of ESRA and as a result how many lives changed, jobs created, communities stronger, water kept pure, air cleaner and trees still growing.”


Paul Clements-Hunt, Former UNEP FI Head and CEO of The Blended Capital Group, May 2016

Training partners

The ESRA Training Programme is a product of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the INCAE Business School’s Ecobanking Project, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Find out more about the course partners.

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